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Supreme Court Denies Injunction on Maine Clean Elections Act 

About 300, including gubernatorial candidate Libby Mitchell, are using the Maine Clean Election Act to help fund their campaigns.And, thanks to decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, they can continue to do so.The act limits private contributions to a candidate while providing matching public funds.Candidates also receive matching money when a non-participating challenger out spends them.In August, the Respect Maine Political Action Committee and Republican State Representative Andre Cushing, who represents Hampden, Newburgh and Dixmont, challenged the act in court.Cushing says he opposes the amount of public money being spent on the matching portion provision.A request to block the act until after the election made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme court.On Friday night, the justices denied the injunction.”Well, I certainly think that this is an important issue, regardless of what their decision was on the temporary restraining order, the injunction,” says Cushing. “The fact that the Supreme Court sees validity in this, and has asked that it go back to the lower court levels and be heard out means that the discussion will be headed, it’s a constitutional issue, whether it affects this election or not, it certainly is something that needs to be discussed.””We have more women, more people from diverse backgrounds, more young people seeking office,” says Ann Luther, Co-Chair of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections. “We have more challengers facing incumbents, fewer uncontested races, we’ve kept campaign spending down, it’s just been a huge success.”Again, the high court denied the injunction. No date has been set for a judge to hear the merits of the lawsuit.